Our List Happy Culture Has Produced a Couple More

Hitchhiking on the Forbes ranking of Raleigh as the second-fastest city for tech-job creation, Wake County and Durham County were recently ranked #4 and #10 respectively as the most digitally advanced counties out of 54 U.S. counties surveyed for Government Technology magazine (The 2015 Digital Counties Survey).

Deep in the weeds, totally tech wonky even, let’s just say that the folks reading Government Technology probably don’t worry themselves too much about what goes into the pages of Garden & Gun Magazine, and they’ve probably never seen a live NASCAR race in their lives!

First, the Digital Counties Survey is trying to identify “adaptive IT leaders, collaborators and arbiters of the public trust.” What the heck does that mean? And no, we are not deliberately being obtuse! (Remember when “Andy” in The Shawshank Redemption (starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman) accused the warden for being obtuse – boy did he suffer the consequences for that!)

This will help you understand the digitally advanced recognition:

Wake County was recognized for “its open-data portal that features GIS, permitting and restaurant inspections, along with its regional collaboration on E911 services.”

Durham County rounded out the Top 10 for “its open-data collaboration, its IT governance committee and its upcoming move to the cloud through Microsoft 365.”

These tech trends are all positive developments for our region – no doubt. But frankly we are real estate people. We use technology every day. We get it. But this list is really pretty wonky. And as they say, we are VISUAL People too!

Visually, we got behind this story much faster (which like the digitally advanced story, appeared in the Triangle Business Journal first).

While Wake and Durham counties were busy being recognized for its IT infrastructure, the Raleigh area nabbed a shout out from the New York-based website, Tabelog, which published a list of the “10 best restaurants in the Raleigh area for getting a barbecue fix.”

Pulled Pork
That’s right. It’s a barbequed pulled pork sandwich.

Tabelog, you may wonder, is a “lively online community for Foodies, by Foodies.”

Here are the blog’s top 10 Raleigh-area picks for barbecue (in no particular order), according to Tabelog:

  • Driftwood Southern Kitchen
  • Chick-N-Que (Rolesville)
  • Relish Cafe & Bar
  • Kamado Grill
  • Q Shack
  • Clyde Cooper’s Barbecue
  • Ole Time Barbecue
  • The Pit Authentic BBQ
  • Big Al’s BBQ
  • Mel’s Barbecue

Which gets us back to lists. Who let David Letterman retire, anyway?

Between the digitally advanced list and the BBQ fix list, we’re thinking there must be a Top 10 List for Everything – or the Top 10 List of Lists!

Well, there isn’t. We looked it up. On the Internet of course. We found things like “The Best Top 10 Lists by year, The Top 10s by category (animals, education, movies, that sort of thing). But the Top 10 List of Lists is still open for invention.

Pass the napkins, please.

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